Scanning Canova's Paolina Borghese

Rome, 2013

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In April 2013 a team from Factum Arte 3D scanned the Antonio Canova's statue of Paolina Borghese at Galleria Borghese in Rome.
Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix is a great statue which portrays Napoleon's sister. It was commissioned by Pauline Bonaparte's husband Camillo Borghese and executed in Rome from 1805 to 1808, after Pauline's marriage into the Borghese family.

3D scanning of Paolina Borghese using NUB 3D Triple system. Galleria Borghese, Roma, april 2013

The scanning of the statue has been the first project that Factum Arte has carried out at Galleria Borghese. The work is a collaborative project with the Venetian designer Giberto Arrivabene. The collaboration aims to make a life-sized cast in glass of the Canova's marble sculpture based on the 3D scan. Initial tests are about to begin on the upper section of the body. The 3D print has a little surface noise due to the reflectivity of the marble but the results are very pleasing.

Adam Lowe and Giberto Arrivabene meet in Rome at Galleria Borghese and talk about their collaboration in the making of the cast in glass of Paolina Borghese as Venus Vitrix

The first piece of the 3D printed prototype of the statue

After almost a year trying to find the right scale and the correct technique to cast the sculpture in glass it has now been output as a stereolithographic print by Materialise in Leuven, Belgium. The next stage is to produce a mould and a wax positive - It will then be cast in glass.

The stereolithographic print by Materialise

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